Buy-out scheme for livestock farmers to control ammonia emissions and Subsidy scheme for the remediation of pig farms (SRV)

As of 1 January 2013, intensive livestock holdings in the Netherlands must adhere to the nationwide Decree on low emission housing systems. The decree states maximum levels of ammonia emission. With its Action Plan on ammonia emission reduction at livestock farms, the Dutch government implemented a policy of tolerance under the said Decree on low emission housing systems. Those holdings intending to convert systems in the long term could avail of a buy-out scheme up to 1 January 2020 in order to reach compliance. Pig farmers participating in the buy-out scheme did not need to convert their pig stalls under the Decree; nevertheless, they had to achieve an equally large emission reduction compared to a low emission housing system as from 1 January 2013, but by applying different measures. The scheme also allowed those farmers who intended to cease production within a foreseeable time to continue for several more years as they were unwilling to make any more large investments in their holdings.